Zain Iraq expands into Kurdistan

Operator?s move is part of a strategy to cover all of Iraq
Emad Makiya, CEO of Zain Iraq, says that the Kurdistan coverage will not only be welcomed by the local population, but it will also play a key role in
Emad Makiya, CEO of Zain Iraq, says that the Kurdistan coverage will not only be welcomed by the local population, but it will also play a key role in

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Zain Iraq, part of Zain Group, has launched its services in the Kurdistan. This expansion is the first phase of Zain Iraq's plan to cover all areas in the northern provinces of Iraq.

Emad Makiya, CEO of Zain Iraq, said that the coverage of Kurdistan will not only be welcomed by the local population, but it will also play a key role in spurring business and accelerate the pace of construction and reconstruction in the country.

In the second phase, the operator plans to extend its services to remote villages and roads in northern Iraq, leading to complete coverage of the country.

Zain Iraq offers a flat rate of 1.25 Iraqi dinars per second to all networks within Iraq, and also provides ‘Business Plus' service targeted at enterprises.

Zain Iraq has become the third operator to launch services in Iraq's Kurdish-run northern region after operators AsiaCell and Korek.

Earlier, a Reuters report quoted Makiya saying that the Zain Group is to continue to invest in Iraq and expects revenue for 2011 to increase by at least 15-20%. He was also quoted saying that the key focus apart from the Kurdish region expansion, will be to commence 3G services in the country.

Zain Iraq had a subscriber base of 12 million customers at the end of 2010.

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